TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Baltimore County has launched a $13 million effort to clean a polluted stream that flows into the Chesapeake Bay.

Years of flooding has caused the banks of White Marsh Run to erode. That storm water has chipped away at nearby sewage pipes, causing them to burst repeatedly and send waste into White Marsh Run, which flows into the bay.

Crews recently began bulldozing dirt and rocks near the run to relocate the sewage drain and rebuild the stream.

County officials say smaller tributaries, like the Bird River, also will see improved water quality and reduced pollutants.

The project is part of 10 this year aimed at restoring streams and reducing pollution.  Most will be funded by Maryland’s storm water remediation fee, also called the rain tax.
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